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Genus Helops

bronze darkling beetle - Helops laetus Helops farctus LeConte - Helops farctus Beetle hanging tight to a dry stem - Helops arizonensis Helops spretus - male stumped - Helops laetus - male Helops? - Helops Helops? - Helops Helops callosus
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Tenebrionoidea (Fungus, Bark, Darkling and Blister Beetles)
Family Tenebrionidae (Darkling Beetles)
Subfamily Tenebrioninae
Tribe Helopini
Genus Helops
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
a few spp. recently moved from Helops to Nalassus
needs revision(1)
Explanation of Names
Helops Fabricius 1775
35 spp. in our area, another 30 in Mesoamerica(2), many in the Old World; large genus with the greatest number of described species in North America(3)
nearly cosmopolitan; most spp. occur from w. NA to Central America, east of TX there are just 4 described and 2 undescribed (both FL) spp.(3); one sp. (H. blandi) ranges into se. Canada(4) and 2 spp. into sw. Canada(2)
Works Cited
1.American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea
Arnett, R.H., Jr., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley and J. H. Frank. (eds.). 2002. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.
2.Catalogue of Tenebrionidae (Coleoptera) of North America
Yves Bousquet, Donald B. Thomas, Patrice Bouchard, Aaron D. Smith, Rolf L. Aalbu, M. Andrew Johnston, Warren E. Steiner Jr. 2018. ZooKeys 728: 1-455.
3.Flightless beetles in Appalachian “deserts”: studies on the distribution and localized habitats of some ... Tenebrionidae
Steiner W.E. 1999. Virginia Mus. Nat. Hist. Special Publication 7: 125-144.
4.The Tenebrionidae (Coleoptera) of the Maritime Provinces of Canada
Majka C.G., Bouchard P., Bousquet Y. 2008. The Canadian Entomologist 140: 690-713.